On CBS‘s “Face the Nation” Sunday, President Obama‘s senior strategist David Axelrod disputed the notion that he is running a negative campaign.

“We’ve run probably $25, $27 million of advertising in this campaign, and virtually all of it has been positive,” Mr. Axelrod noted.

That may be the case overall. But the campaign’s recent ads have taken a sharp turn toward the negative, as gloomy economic news has made it harder for Mr. Obama to run on his own record.

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